Free Speech And Social Medi How Far Is Too Far? Essay

807 Words Dec 14th, 2016 4 Pages
The article, Free Speech and social media: How far is too far? (O’Neil, 2010), says “The Internet has taken us light years ahead when it comes to freedom of speech, and the advent of social media has given us even more channels through which we can communicate our ideas and opinions. We can blog about politics, post videos about issues we feel strongly about, and get virtually anything off our chests via sites like Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and YouTube. But who makes the call about what is appropriate and what is pushing the bounds of freedom of speech too far?” It seems ironic that social media, something that was designed to bring us together, has served in some way to increase the divide amongst people in nearly every way imaginable. Racially, economically, religiously and philosophically, most are more firmly entrenched that our points of view are more correct than ever before. Just because we are given the right of free speech, it does not give us the right to have so much hatred on social media. Longtime friends are fighting online and being “deleted” due to voicing their opinions on the internet. Saying hurtful things over social media is a lot easier than saying things to someone’s face. Just because we have the freedom to say what we want when we want to does not make it morally ok. When hiding behind a keyboard, a person that would never dream of insulting a complete stranger in person, could very likely offend someone half way across the world in just a…

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